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GTA: Chinatown Wars Delayed, Slated for Spring 2009 Release

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309w ago - Before even receiving a set release date, GTA: Chinatown Wars, the upcoming GTA installment for the Nintendo DS, has joined the ranks of GTA IV PC and Xbox 360 downloadable content as delayed.

At a press conference today, Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick confirmed GTA IV DLC's delay rumors stating that it may arrive as late as Spring 2009.

Zelnick also stated that Chinatown Wars isn't scheduled to be released in the first quarter of the 2009 fiscal year (January 2009) as initially expected, but will arrive within Q2 2009, which ends in April.

More to come on this as it's available!
 

NXE: New XBox Experience Party and Photo Sharing Detailed

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310w ago - Today Microsoft has detailed NXE's party and photo sharing features via GamerScore blog as follows:

Pretty sure we can all agree that Xbox LIVE is the best place to play games, hands-down. A good game of Gears of War 2 becomes an incredible game when you get into a heavy multiplayer match with your friends - or any person you're matched with - and reduce them into small chunks with your pretty chainsaw. It's the little things in life that bring such satisfaction.

But some people asked for ways to create parties and keep entire groups of people together online, no matter what they were doing. Well, we've listened and we've delivered.

Once NXE launches on Nov. 19, it will be even easier to connect with your friends and the Xbox LIVE community of 14 million people around the world via Xbox LIVE Party*.

Xbox LIVE Party will let you and up to seven friends jump from experience to experience while staying connected at all times. If you have a weekly Gears match and one friend is always late - no worries.

The rest of you can join a Party and either voice chat or play a quick game of Castle Crashers while you wait. Once your no good, lazy butt friend shows up (you know who you are), one person will be able to bring your group into the lobby of Gears with just...
 

Japan Stops Ignoring the PlayStation 3, Sales Jump 900%

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310w ago - Looks like all is right with the world again, according to the latest numbers from Media Create.

This week on Sony's home turf, the PS3 moved 39,587 units- outselling the combined figures of the Wii and Xbox 360. Also worth noting is that PS3 sales jumped a whopping 907% from last week, when the PS3 sold only 3,931 units.

Hardware and software sales for the week of October 27th - November 2nd:

DSi - 171,925
PSP - 50,358
PS3 - 39,587
Wii - 23,123
DS Lite - 16,369
PS2 - 6,714
Xbox 360 - 6,119

1. Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3) - 132,676
2. Valkyrie Profile: The Accused One (DS) - 79,760
3. LittleBigPlanet (PS3) - 51,705
4. Pokemon Platinum (DS) - 47,243
5. Wagamama Fassion Girls Mode (DS) - 40,380
6. Rhythm Tengoku Gold (DS) - 38,558
7. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue: Spec III (PS3) - 34,965
8. Grand Theft Auto IV (360) - 33,648
9. Your Life's Rhythm DS (DS) - 26,191
10. Chocobo's Dungeon DS+ (DS) - 26,190
 

Sony's New Blu-spec Brings Blu-ray to CD Audio

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311w ago - Today Sony Music Entertainment Japan has unveiled a new Blu-spec CD format that promises higher quality audio by using Blu-ray technologies.

Sony will release 60 Blu-spec music CD's (mostly Classical and Jazz albums) on December 24, 2008. Sony also state they are hoping to encourage rival studios like EMI & Universal to support the format.

To quote: Blu-spec uses the blue lasers that would normally master Blu-ray movies to cut CDs more accurately than would be possible with red lasers.

In tandem with the use of polymer plastic for the discs themselves, the format should improve the quality of audio CDs while remaining compatible with existing CD players; the latter has been a weakness of Super Audio CD and other defunct sound formats.

The first Blu-spec discs are due to reach Japan on Christmas Eve and will focus mostly on classical and jazz music, including Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Miles Davis' Kind of Blue; 60 titles in all will be available from Sony.

The company is hoping to foster cross-label support from rivals such as EMI and Universal that have developed their own proprietary approaches to CDs.
 

Wal-mart Offering $100 Gift Card with 80GB PS3 this Saturday

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311w ago - Wal-Mart will be offering several in-store deals on electronic items on Saturday, November 8th.

Topping the list, they are offering an 80GB PlayStation 3 (likely not backwards-compatible unless from old stock) for $399 with a $100 Gift Card.

They also have an online Nintendo DS Lite Holiday Value Bundle for $149 which includes: Your choice of Nintendo DS Lite, your choice of two (2) DS games and a Princess Peach or Mario accessory tin kit.

Finally, they are offering the Ratchet & Clank PSP-3000 bundle and PS2 console, both of which include a $30 gift card.

Those interested can check out the deals HERE or linked above!
 
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